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Jacob Zuma calls on Africa to unite over schoolgirl kidnap

CALLING FOR CHANGE: South African president Jacob Zuma

SOUTH AFRICAN president Jacob Zuma has called on the African Union (AU) to unify against armed rebels and bring stability to the continent.

In a statement released on Sunday (May 17), Zuma expressed his concern over the flurry of terrorist attacks that have marred the continent including the recent abduction of 200 school girls in Nigeria and last week’s bomb attack in Kenya that left ten people dead.

"It is crucial to build a stronger and a well-resourced African Union to take forward the promotion of peace, security and the socio-economic advancement of the continent," he said.

"Part of the capacity needed by the AU is the establishment of the African Standby Force for rapid deployment in crisis areas without delays."

Consisting of 54 African States and established in 2001, the African Union acts as a committee which promotes unity and solidarity between African countries.

In his statement Zuma also condemned the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian School girls by the militant group Boko Haram more than a month ago.

"The South African Government reiterates its condemnation of all forms and manner of terrorism. South Africa believes that terrorism, in any form and from whichever quarter, cannot be condoned."

Meanwhile, in Nigeria , campaigners plan to march on the office of President Goodluck Jonathan to demand more action in the search of the missing youngsters, amid growing calls for him to stand down at the next election.

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